Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins

You've just walked into a gourmet cafe bakery thingy where the sweet scent of blueberry cinnamon-y goodness has wafted through the air to greet your senses. It is deliciousness at its finest. It's gourmet!

The Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins were straight out of a gourmet cafe, I tell you! The typical classy look, the extremely intense flavors, the deliciousness ... only better and home made!

I took the picture above when the muffins came out fresh from the oven. The blueberries were bubbling, the crumbs were shining with cinnamon sugar, and the house smelled heavenly rich of sweetness. I'm crazy for desserts topped with cinnamon-ish crumbs. I just am totally in love with the taste and feel of those crumbs in my mouth. Deep, deep, deep kind of love. These muffins were basically love for me! So good!

If I were to describe these muffins in the fewest number of words I'd say they were 'classically intense'. Yesssss, those are the perfect words for them.

I might be totally crazy here but let me say this ... I think that there are certain baked desserts which fit the most perfectly in white plain cupcake liners. Something about those white liners is classic, especially how they go transparent-ish once baked. My Sour Cream Blueberry Crumb Muffins peeked through the liners, tantalizing whoever set their eyes upon them. If looks could kill ...

These muffins weren't just stunning. They were intense. The sour cream lent a certain extreme kind of moistness to the muffins which contrasted with the crunchiness of the crumbs in the most deliciously serious war of textures. The flavors were a heavenly combination as it is: blueberries, cinnamon, sugar, butter. What could go wrong? This was perfection. This was it. This was just it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who wants to grab this muffin off my screen and stuff it in my face immediately. Asap. Aaaahhhhh! I can not handle this!

Let me tell you something, I don't enjoy eating fresh blueberries. Yes, you heard me right. I don't enjoy eating fresh blueberries but when you bake them, I go bonkers. I can stuff batches of baked blueberry desserts down my throat and not grow tired of them. Oh and the combination of blueberries and cinnamon? Out of the world. And buttery crumbs? CRAZY! And these muffins? Absolutely delicious. Absolutely mind blowingly amazing! Gourmet. Classic. Love. I think I need help now that I've revisited them in these pictures again!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Raking The Fall Foliage Cupcakes

Autumn is my favorite season of all. I love everything about it from that crispness in the air, the teasing chilly atmosphere, and the beautifully changing colors all around me. Fall truly is the time when the earth sheds everything old and dull off and decides to turn over a new leaf. Pun intended! So once upon a start of Fall I decided to make some beautiful cupcakes to celebrate the beauty of the season!

When I made these Fall Foliage cupcakes I did so entirely because I had frosting leftover from another baking project. I didn't want to waste it so I decided to have some fun. I baked delicious chocolate cupcakes and then thought about how to decorate them. At that time the only thing on my mind was the beautiful season of Fall so that's what I ended up doing! Don't they look beautiful, just like Autumn!

I wanted these cupcakes to be as Autumn like as possible. I wanted them to instantly shout Fall! Even the cupcake liners I used were Fall themed. They were white liners with Fall colored leaves all over them. They went wonderfully with my theme!

My Fall Foliage cupcakes were a super simple presentation with a grand wow. I added fondant leaves on top of beautifully piped perfect swirls of burning orange colored buttercream and then sprinkled some Fall-ish sprinkles on top. They captured the essence of Fall so well! The colors were perfect.

Each year when Fall arrives I'm fascinated and left speechless at the varieties of colors that I see. The time before sunset, when the sun is shining over the leaves one last time before day changes to night is a particularly stunning time. The sun shines on the color changing leaves such that it seems like the trees are burning orange. It was that orange which I captured with my buttercream swirls and those color changing leaves which I added on top of them. Let me show off the color changing fondant leaves ...

See how stunning the leaf atop this cupcake looks? Just like it is during Fall!

The beautiful bit is that years ago I'd picked up a leaf while walking on campus back in my college days. It had looked exactly like this one above. I had stared at it in awe because it was green on top and a bright bright fiery red towards the bottom! Beautiful!

Check out the detailing! Look at the veins of the leaves. Everything was just perfect!

Here's another stunning one!

TOO PRETTY! I just can't stop staring at them all! To make the leaves I marbled red, green, and yellow fondant together. This time I did an extremely intricate marble effect because the leaves were to be small and I wanted the colors to look like they were actual real leaves transitioning from lush green to the colors of Fall! Once I'd marbled the fondant I cut out the leaves and they looked brilliant! Finally first I sprinkled the buttercream swirls with some Fall colored and leaf shaped sprinkles and then added the leaves' toppers on top.

I just knew once I was done decorating these cupcakes that I had to take them outside for a photo shoot. I took a couple outside and then snapped them against the color changing leaves in my backyard. They looked perfect!

They truly depicted Fall just the way I'd imagined them to and once I took them outside they perfectly blended with the real trees in the background. Don't they look absolutely stunning?

These cupcakes were the perfect way to bring in Fall - the favorite and most happening seasoning for my family. The cupcakes were so delicious too! The chocolate sponge was fluffy and moist and to-die-for and the sweet vanilla buttercream was just out-of-the-world mind blowing! This was such a simple affair yet such a stunning one! Look at them. They're so seasonal I almost feel like it's Fall again! *sighs* Oh dear Autumn, please come soon so I can bake more Fall Foliage cupcakes!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quirky Mad Hatter's Cupcake Poppers

Down the rabbit hole we shall go today!

The Mad Hatter's Cupcake Poppers!
Scrumptious, adorable, absolutely quirky, and completely crazy cupcake poppers!
Once upon a time, these vibrant little things were served at Abbie's Alice In Wonderland themed birthday tea party. I still remember the mad chaos we had had in our house back then. It was just like the craziness Alice found down the rabbit hole. Our first ever baby niece was expected any moment - literally! Dad had flown over to meet his first grandchild. And it was Abbie's birthday. We'd been going crazy. We'd been running in various directions doing various things and amidst the bedlam I was befuddled by the thought of baking and decorating an entire themed cake. So Abbie decided she'd celebrate over cupcakes. Now of course, I wasn't going to let that happen. I was already looking woebegone over the thought of letting a birthday pass without a cake. So I decided that if there would be no cake there would be VARIOUS other things. I ended up baking an entire themed tea party for Abbie and truth be told, I think it turned out even more fabulous than I'd imagined!

There were Alice In Wonderland themed cupcakes, Cheshire Cat inspired cookies, and these quirky Mad Hatter's cupcake poppers. Now, cupcake poppers aren't usually the most commonly appearing desserts so let me first tell you what they really are. Consider cupcake poppers the cupcake version of whoopie pies. So basically you bake up some extremely delicious cupcakes and then serve them sandwich style with buttercream stuffed in the middle. Delicious!!!

Cupcake poppers generally are made from mini cupcakes but since I wanted my collection to be the craziest, wonkiest, and quirkiest I made both mini cupcakes and the bigger ones. The different sizes when put together in the end made for an even crazier presentation. It really did look like the Mad Hatter would serve these at his tea party! *laughs*

I made sure the colors were stunningly vibrant! And I even mix and matched the sandwich tops and bottoms so they'd look crazy. My cupcake poppers looked so adorable and wacky! Oh sorry, the MAD HATTER'S cupcake poppers I mean. *coughs*

Aren't they the cutest? And super duper duper delicious too!

The poppers were a hit! Plus because they were so bite sized they were literally gone in the blink of an eye! *laughs* Revisiting these pictures has made me crave them all over again. I think it's time to get the mini cupcake pan out again!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Paw Patrol Cake ~ No Job Is Too Big, No Pup Is Too Small!

No party's too big! No auntie's too small! And Abbie and I have got to be the coolest aunties in the world! We love our darling niece Gubby so so so much, it can't even be put into words. It can be put into awesomely planned birthday parties though, like this Paw Patrol themed birthday party!

The Paw Patrol Cake - one of the most adorable cakes I've made in my seven years of cake decorating so far! I made this darling for my niece Gubby when she celebrated her third birthday. The kid and I had recently become fans of the Paw Patrol and each night we'd cuddle up together in front of the tv to watch the cartoon. We'd sing the song and cheer the pups until the day was saved and the episode finished. This was actually Gubby's first actual cartoon interest too! Plus I loved it just as much as she did. So when her third birthday came upon us of course we decided we'd be doing a Paw Patrol theme. It was just perfect. Abbie and I put together an adorable theme and created a mini version of Adventure Bay for our Gubby and this cake was the showstopper!

Are you looking at this absolutely adorable cake? I poured my heart and soul into this cake in true meaning. This cake took me three days to make and many more weeks to plan. I wanted the cake to convey Adventure Bay, almost like you were watching the cartoon itself. With that vision in mind I designed this cake and then brought it to life. The colors were stunning and the cake looked so real! When I was done with everything and I stepped back to admire my cake I swear it looked like the Paw Patrol pups would start moving any second right before my eyes. SO REAL! Let me show off now!


I usually start showing off my cakes from the bottom tier but today I'll start at the top. Skye is Gubby's favorite! She loves her because she's pink and flies a plane so of course Skye had to be in the main spotlight on my cake. I designed most of the cake to look like a cloudy sky and on the very top the adorable pink Skye flew among the clouds with her jet pack on! She looked so cute! On top of the cake I also added a printed Paw Patrol logo so it was up and center and displayed like a big wow on my cake! So adorable! My clouds looked so adorable with how puffy and bright white they were against the vibrant blue sky! CUTENESS OVERLOAD!

Now let me show off the bottom tier which I designed to be like level ground. In the background there were some grassy hills and in the foreground I created a mini Adventure Bay scene. I featured Marshall and Rubble on each side of a road. This looked super cute and super real! There was grass, flowers, a road, and traffic cones. And you know what? EVERYTHING was made by hand all by myself, except the pups, which were toys as birthday presents for my darling Gubby!

Check out the traffic cones. I am so so so proud of my traffic cones. I made them out of fondant from start to finish and they looked so cute and so perfect. I confess: I couldn't believe I had actually made them myself. They were soooooooooo perfect! Oh and did I tell you I love Rubble? I love him the most, he's my favorite pup from the Paw Patrol! He's so cute!

And Marshall sat on the other side of the road with another one of my most awesome traffic cones!

I was also very proud of my fondant road! For the road I first colored my fondant grey and then added white rounded stripe thingies in the center. I kept these rounded on purpose because rounded edges gave it a much more cuter and kiddish look. Also note the little detailing I added with the grass and the tiny flower shaped sprinkles. Everything came together as such a super duper cute cake!

It was STUNNINGLY, ADORABLY, BEAUTIFUL! It was the cutest cake I'd ever made. I loved every little bit of it from the puffy clouds to the traffic cones, the road, the grass, the tiny flowers, the logo, the pup toys. EVERYTHING!!! I was in love with this cake and I still am to this day. I love this cake as it is one of my finest works of art thus far!

I wish I could replay Gubby's reaction to this cake again and again in my head 24/7. She loved it! She gets shy when it's time to cut the cake so she threw a little shy tantrum once we revealed the big surprise but once she was settled down she started checking everything out and LOVED it. I asked her what she thought of the cake and she said, "Beeyaaaaa, you made me a Paw Patrol cake!" Priceless. Most precious ... memories I shall cherish all my life. I can never forget the look on her face, of surprise that a cake could look like that, of happiness that this was for her, of love for her Beeya who'd made the adorable cake for her. I just can never forget! Because I was the one who calmed down her shy tantrum it so happened that I was the one she cut this cake with too. How perfect it was to be the one whom she cut this cake with. I had tears in my eyes. We blew the candles, which we'd added to Abbie's Paw Patrol cupcakes and then sang Paw Patrol's theme song as Gubby and I cut the cake. It was a feeling beyond words! But wait ... THERE WAS ANOTHER LITTLE SURPRISE HIDDEN INSIDE THE CAKE!

BAM! Colorful insides! "Beeya! Look inside the cake!" That's what Gubby said. I laughed!

The cake was just as cute and adorable inside as it was outside. I'd baked up a funfetti sponge so it would have popping colors all over and then piped pink and blue buttercream inside so it looked like stripes once it was cut into. The pink and blue sort of highlighted Skye even more because it matched with the outside of the cake. 

It was super pretty inside and out!

Notice how I got the colors spot on! The cake pieces blended with the Paw Patrol themed plates as if they were one. For some of the fondant I had actually had to create color shades by mixing two different colors and in the end seeing this kind of perfection made me feel so proud of myself!

The cake's pieces looked beautiful once cut into! Oh and they were SO yummy! This cake was a true masterpiece. One of my finest works! It was a piece of art! Gubby loved it. Everybody loved it. I loved it and I am so so so so very proud of this cake!

All the mouth-watering pictures in this post are original Sara's Baked Creations' content. Please have some shame and refrain from copying, recreating, and cheating without giving proper credit and mention!
Sara’s Baked Creations is on Mission Sweetness! Sara and Abbie are hobby bakers who bake for friends and family only. We are not a commercial bakery business; it gives us joy to spread smiles while enjoying sisterhood and living our passion for baking.

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